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Wheat Exports
5:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Wheat Export Choke-Point Could Drive Down Prices For NW Farmers

A possible strike at Northwest grain terminals would have a profound effect on U.S. wheat exports. Longshoreman in Portland are in tense labor negotiations that could affect six grain terminals including Portland, Vancouver and Puget Sound.

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Wild Turkeys
5:28 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

A Plumaged Pilgrimage: How Wild Turkeys Came To The Northwest

Male turkeys are known as “toms.”
Credit John Hafner / National Wild Turkey Federation

The turkey is a quintessentially American bird, exported from the New World like corn and potatoes. But the turkey is not native to the Pacific Northwest. The wild turkeys you may have seen here are part of the bird’s comeback story.

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Northwest Olive Growers
4:36 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Northwest Growers Expand Olive Tree Operations

The Durant family started in the wine grape business in Yamhill County, Ore., but are now growing increasing acres of olives – a relatively new crop to the Northwest.
Credit Durant Family

Groves of olive trees might bring to mind for you sun-soaked Mediterranean or Californian landscapes. But in the last 10 years, a few Northwest growers have significantly ramped-up their production of domestic olive oil. They harvest just in time for the holidays.

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Livestock Losing Weight
4:22 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows

Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal before the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal. The rule before the Fish and Wildlife Commission would expand a compensation program for ranchers living in wolf country.

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Faint Radiation In Tuna
4:48 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Minute Traces Of Radioactivity Found In Pacific Tuna

Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU's Radiation Health Physics program, marks samples of albacore being tested for radioactivity.
OSU Radiation Health Physics program

Researchers with Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve detected minute amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in albacore tuna caught along the West Coast. It's not considered a health threat at all.

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Wild Mushroom Supply
5:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply

Wild mushrooms are in short supply.
U.S. Forest Service

Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.

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Apple Picker Shortage
4:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit.
threefatcats Flickr

The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

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High Apple Prices
4:31 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Consumers Could See Higher Apple Prices This Year

The Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, but the Midwest and East’s crop got pummeled this year.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Moms and dads hoping to pack an apple in their children’s lunches might have to budget a bit more this year. That’s because even though the Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, elsewhere there’s a shortage.

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New Wine Science Center
5:18 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

WSU To Dedicate Richland Site For Wine Science Center

Grape vines near Yakima, Wash.
valoharth Flickr

Washington State University is known for its study of agriculture. This week, the university is dedicating a site that will be a research hub for wine.

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Wounded Grizzly Bear
5:16 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Wounded -- And Possibly Cranky -- Grizzly Bear Loose In Idaho

A wounded grizzly bear is on the loose in Idaho.
Bryan Harry NPS.gov

Idaho wildlife officials are worried a wounded grizzly bear on the loose could be a danger to people. A group of hunters shot the bear after it charged them in the eastern part of the state, across the border from Yellowstone National Park. Apparently, both the hunters and the bear were after the same elk.

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